Nuvola Player Might Just be the Perfect Replacement for Banshee in Ubuntu


Nuvola Player is so unlike any of the music players for Linux we have featured here so far. What Nuvola Player does is, it runs web interface of cloud music service in its own window and provides deep integration with the Linux desktop (system tray, Ubuntu sound menu, dock menu and notifications). Nuvola Player's currently supported services include Google Music, Grooveshark, Hype Machine and 8tracks.

Nuvola Player

Why Nuvola?
When I said Nuvola is the perfect replacement for Banshee in Ubuntu, I didn't mean that Nuvola beats Banshee in terms of features it offer, far from it. But if you are someone who stream music from one of the many popular cloud based music services like Google Music or Grooveshark (which a lot of people these days do), then Nuvola Player is all you need.

Nuvola Music Player

That is what Nuvola Player's basic interface looks like in Ubuntu 11.10. Nuvola Player is lightweight and integrates really well with your Unity based Ubuntu desktop. Nuvola has Unity quicklists support and it neatly jells with Ubuntu sound indicator menu.

Nuvola Player for Ubuntu

More elaborate list of features across different platforms can be found here.

How to Install Nuvola Player Stable in Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 11.04?
  • Just do the following in Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nuvola-player-builders/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nuvolaplayer
  • And you are done. 
  • Beta and Unstable builds of Nuvola Player also available for download.
Random Screenshots of Nuvola Player Running Grooveshark

Nuvola Player Linux

Nuvola Player Grooveshark

Nuvola Player Google Music Support

Click on the images to see them in full size. Will you use Nuvola as a replacement for your preferred music player in Linux? Share your thoughts. Meanwhile, if you are an Android user, check out our collection of top music player apps for Android.

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